6KM / 6-9 HOURS (DEPENDING ON GROUP)
This spectacular one-day hike takes you through the Wadi Zarqa Ma'in, a narrow canyon that cuts down from the desert plateau to the hot springs near the Dead Sea. Along the way, you'll abseil down two dramatic waterfalls (about 35 meters) and have the chance to swim and play in the clear pools beneath them.
We begin early in Madaba or Amman and drive to the trailhead. You'll get a safety briefing from your lead guide before heading out between the rocks and descending into the white limestone of the gorge. After a couple of hours' walk, occasionally scrambling down cascades and across boulders, you'll reach the first waterfall, where you can rest while the guides set up the abseil station. We'll abseil the falls one by one, taking our time to make sure everyone is safe and happy. At the bottom we'll have lunch, play in the water, and drink a hot cup of tea. The second waterfall is just 70 meters downstream, so the same procedure applies. After the last guide's rappel, you'll walk another 40 or so minutes to arrive at the hot springs of Ma'in, where you can rest and relive the day's adventure before heading back to Amman by bus.
Snack lunch and Water
Make sure you have a good breakfast at your home/hotel. We will provide you with a simple snack lunch (2 Sandwiches, vegetable and fruit), we'll also provide each one with three liters of water to carry along. We very much recommend you bring some dates or dried fruits for a good and fast energy source, but make sure you put them in a water-proof container/bag (the kitchen zip-lock bag can be a solution).
Transportation from the meeting point and back;
Bus, your feet and our ropes =)
Two instructors and two assistants. This could vary depending on group size
All our guides / tour leaders are Jordanian locals who have extensive knowledge of the local communities and terrain of the areas you will be visiting. We also make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling etc. Your guide will also be in a position to provide information on the places you visit, recommend things to do and where to eat. At certain activities that require specialized expertise such as canyoneering or cycling, you will be joined by our canyoneering or cycling team.
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